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California Peace Prize

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The California Wellness Foundation is proud to present its 2010 California Peace Prize honorees. Each receives a cash award of $25,000 as an acknowledgment of their commitment to prevent violence and promote peace in their communities.

Aquil Basheer

Aquil Basheer is a nationally known crisis-intervention specialist, educational consultant, and youth development expert who has worked for more than 40 years to reduce community violence.

Perla Flores

Perla Flores is a passionate advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Because of her efforts, a rural community that once lacked adequate services and resources can now assist people in need.

Sammy Nuñez

Sammy Nuñez has a deep understanding of how to work with young men and fathers. A former gang member himself, Nuñez graduated from a fatherhood program in Northern California that led him towards a path to a career in violence prevention.


Our Work

  • We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
  • We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
  • We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
  • We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
  • We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.


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